Tag Archives: Civilian-Military Divide

Hanging Around the Flagpole

At the end of my final semester in grad school, I have noticeably trimmed back B&B content for the sake of focusing on my thesis and other school work. But when a piece of research jumps out at me, I feel compelled to write, as with my last post in February regarding college credits for military service members and veterans. This time is like that. Continue reading Hanging Around the Flagpole

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Unplugged, That’s All

This is the eighth post in the “In Between” series.

I started work last week for my summer internship as required by my graduate program. Sparing too many details for the sake of some limited anonymity, I’ve been brought on as part of a small team to kick off an initiative to recruit young veterans into a tech training and internship program and to also develop a better understanding of the young, post-9/11 veteran population in the Bay Area and other metropolitan locations.

The organization already targets underprivileged young adults, so the point came up naturally in a discussion as to why veterans as a group should receive additional attention within the scope of the existing program.

First of all, this is a 100% appropriate point. Misunderstanding and “kid gloves” are far too pervasive when dealing with reintegrating veterans into the civilian workforce. We end up asking questions about all the ways veterans differ from civilians. What makes them different? What kind of student or employee can we expect veterans to be? What concerns or problems should we be prepared for that are unique to veterans?

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